Strada and Gallup share findings from their Strada-Gallup Employer Survey of a representative national sample of 1,139 adult employees involved in hiring decisions who participated in an online survey.
Managers and those involved in hiring decisions at employers of all sizes struggle to identify and recruit highly qualified job candidates. The majority of respondents are less than confident in their own organization’s ability to spot and recruit the best talent for the job. And those at the largest organizations are the least confident.
Employers prioritize technical and interpersonal skills as well as work experience above academic degrees, majors, college rankings, and grades in the decision-making process about hiring. Employers report that skills such as leadership, critical thinking, data analysis and work ethic are the hardest to find in potential hires – leading most managers to report leaving some jobs unfilled during the past year. Seventy-seven percent of those involved in hiring decisions would consider hiring someone without the desired degree and sixty-two percent have done so.
Two-thirds of those involved in hiring decisions regard job candidates with a post-graduate education as “Prepared” or “Very Prepared” for workplace success. The majority of respondents consider vocational and technical program graduates as prepared for workplace success. Associate and bachelor’s degree graduates lag behind in the perceptions of the preparedness with more than a majority of respondents.
Three-quarters of respondents fail to see much connection between the school someone attended and their job performance.
Internship and co-op programs are not meeting their fullest potential. Sixty-three percent of managers and those involved in hiring report their organizations do not offer an internship or co-op program. And only eleven percent of employers have internship programs and these are “Very Valuable,’ while twenty percent find them “Valuable.” A majority of employers have the opportunity to increase both the utilization and value of internship and co-op programs for their organizations and potential job candidates who participate in them.
Managers and those involved in hiring decisions at employers of all sizes struggle to identify and recruit highly qualified job candidates.
Colleges and universities should recognize the overall value to students, employers, and their own institutions of coursework that integrates work experiences, technical and interpersonal skills.
When it comes to education after high school, Americans know what they value and why. At Strada Education Network, we are listening to what they have to say and leveraging their insights about experiences and outcomes to forge more purposeful pathways between education and careers.
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Higher education’s measurement of student success is in the midst of an evolution. For nearly five decades, success efforts focused on access, then two decades with completion as the horizon for success, and now the focus is extending to student outcomes beyond completion.
Applied connections between education and work are increasingly a part of undergraduate education in the United States.
Two centuries after the first historically Black colleges and universities were founded, the 101 accredited HBCUs in operation today continue to deliver on their legacy of expanding educational opportunity for Black students that leads to successful and fulfilling lives.
As a field, higher education has experienced a continuing evolution in how to measure success. For nearly five decades success efforts were focused on access, followed by the past decade and a half pursuing completion, and the field now has a growing focus on the value of a degree and student outcomes beyond completion.
Strada’s prior research on undergraduate perceptions of the value of their education demonstrates that students value their education most when they receive support to connect their education and career interests.
In the wake of historic pandemic-related enrollment declines, postsecondary institutions have responded by developing and expanding innovative approaches to engaging learners.
The baccalaureate degree remains the surest path to economic mobility, employment stability, and a host of associated social benefits.
Steep declines in undergraduate enrollment during 2020 and 2021 threaten to widen existing equity gaps in college completion and career opportunities.
Nondegree credentials have been growing rapidly for decades. During the COVID-19 economic crisis, interest in nondegree credentials and skills training options was especially high. Questions about their quality and value, however, remain.
The high school classes of 2020 and 2021 have endured massive disruption to their education.
The pandemic has led to a national crisis of widespread disruption to both work and education for millions of adults in the U.S., especially those from historically marginalized groups.
From its onset in early 2020, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended life across the world, leading to uncertainty around health, work, finances, education, and a host of other issues.
Over the past 15 years, the number of student loan recipients has increased by 51 percent and the debt associated with those loans has more than doubled.
We asked alumni nationwide who had borrowed money to go to school if their loans were worth it. Strada Education Network and Gallup surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 student loan holders.
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